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Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

A few weeks back, I read an opinion piece from retired surgeon and former U.S. congressman Greg Ganske. In it, he articulately laid out his argument for the legalization — and moderation — of marijuana.

I don’t condone the use of illegal drugs, and I have been adamantly opposed to smoking marijuana my entire life, but I was intrigued by Ganske’s insight and his intelligent approach to the debate. He feels the market should be regulated on both the state and federal levels so users can be aware of safe dosages and be free of worries of contamination by buying only authorized product. I still don’t agree with him, but I was so impressed by his piece that I asked him if I could publish it in CITYVIEW as a guest view. He agreed, and you can now read it here.

I know people who are convinced that smoking marijuana eases their physical pain in ways that no legal medication can — at least not without very serious side effects. To help those folks, I agree that we should manufacture a pill version and have a doctor prescribe it.

What I don’t understand is how an educated person can condone rolling anything up, lighting it on fire and breathing the fumes into a human body. This makes about as much sense as suggesting someone put his or her mouth on the exhaust of my F-150 while I rev up the engine.

I grew up in a home with parents who smoked cigarettes. In their later years, they both quit, but the damage was done. And, more than likely, the secondhand smoke damaged the lungs of my siblings and me as well. Our nation spent numerous decades — and billions of dollars — telling people about the harm of smoking cigarettes. But pot? Oh, that’s fine, apparently.

I am not going to argue whether marijuana is a gateway drug to more serious problems or not. You can debate that amongst yourselves. My simple point is that we should not promote the inhalation of the smoke of anything that is lit on fire. Except for burn barrels, of course. Those are OK.

Meanwhile, regardless of your opinion on marijuana, keep an open mind — or a foggy one, if you prefer — and check out Ganske’s column.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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The Food Dude

Rising food costs
Global food prices have surged 65% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and by 12% since Jan. 1 of this year, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. The global food industry is expected to generate $8.66 trillion in revenue this year, 4.7% more than in 2021. The increasing trend is set to continue in the following years, with revenues jumping to over $10 trillion by 2024. — Jim Duncan


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Expect sunny and dry conditions into the weekend with highs hovering around  90 today through Friday, cooling a bit for the weekend. Tiny rain chances Saturday evening and late Labor Day.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Change of plans: Valley West Mall hopes to add more stores

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) — Valley West Mall may be trying to return to its shopping center roots by adding more stores after facing a series of financial troubles. The mall is now controlled by U.S. Bank, whose management company told store owners that it wants to restore the mall back to a bustling shopping destination for Des Moines metro-area consumers. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Man dies after crashing stolen motorcycle during chase in Guthrie County

GUTHRIE COUNTY, Iowa – A Minnesota man is dead following a chase with law enforcement overnight that ended when the stolen motorcycle he was driving crashed into a deputy’s truck. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa town asks: Where did we put our time capsule?

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Place To See Beautiful People
1. PURE Salon
2. Coachlight Clinic & Spa
3. The Garden Restaurant and Show Lounge



Meet Becky Hasse

Sharing a love of history

By Ashley Rullestad

Becky Hasse has been teaching for 21 years, 15 of those in Ankeny. During her career, she has taught U.S. history, Latin American history, U.S. government, physical education, and was also a media specialist. Now she teaches ninth-grade World Cultures at Southview Middle School.

“I love teaching ninth graders, as I get to teach them as they start their high school career and try to help them set up a strong foundation for the rest of their high school years.”

For Hasse, teaching history was a natural choice. Her dad was a history teacher, and, growing up, whenever the family went on vacation, they visited historical sites.

.. Read More In the August issue of Ankeny Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Blair Overton and Lu Ann White!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Richard Gere, Chris Tucker, Van Morrison, Joe Budden, Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Tom Coughlin

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What is the electric version of the Volkswagen called?
VOLTSWAGEN! Peri Van Tassel, Brendan Comito, Judy Anderson, Karen Smith-McNeese,Karen Smith-McNeese, Bruce Thorsen, Gail Tomlinson, Kristopher L. Laurson, Buth Niebuhr, Gary Winters
BUG-E! Scott Gonzales

Today's Riddle

Q. What’s the difference between a teacher and a train?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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